Event Recap – Make Business a Walk in the Park: Spring 2011 International Networking Event and Soccer Game at PPL Park – Home to Philadelphia Union

On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Union, along with the Chilean, French, German, Irish, Italian and the Japanese Chambers of Commerce hosted the Spring 2011 International Networking Event and Soccer Game at PPL Park.

Over 165 people gathered for this special event.  Executives from the region’s leading global businesses representing seven different international chambers of commerce networked on the Captain Morgan deck, overlooking the stadium and the Delaware River before taking their seats to watch the most popular soccer match of the season – Philadelphia Union vs. LA Galaxy.

Under sunny, warm skies, Nick Sakiewicz, CEO and Operating Partner, Philadelphia Union mingled with and addressed the crowd.  Mr. Sakiewicz thanked everyone for attending, and discussed the global importance and reach of this particular game. The Union vs. Galaxy soccer match was televised to countries throughout the world.   As Mr. Sakiewicz espoused, “attending an event at PPL Park is not just about the game, it is about making memories.”

The BABC proudly organized and managed this first time program, which offered networking opportunities across seven international groups.  Guests enjoyed consuming tasty stadium food and drinks sponsored by the Union, in addition to winning exciting prizes, including: two round-trip airline tickets anywhere in the world Continental Airlines flies; a $100 gift certificate to The Dandelion Restaurant (Steven Starr’s British inspired pub); and a signed jersey, courtesy of the Philadelphia Union.

The Co-lead Sponsors of the Spring 2011 International Networking Event and Soccer Game were Pepper Hamilton LLP and TD Bank.  In support and recognition of the difficulties Japan recently endured as a result of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, the two event sponsors and the BABC donated a portion of the sponsorship money to “The Philadelphia-Japan Disaster Relief Fund” to aid victims.  The contribution helped the fund reach their initial goal of $250,000.

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